Colombian CSIR and C4IR.CO team up to explore AI and IoT

CEO of CSIR Thulani Dlamini

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), an entity of the Department of Science and Innovation, has signed an agreement with Corporación Ruta N Medellin (C4IR.CO) to unleash the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies and Internet of Things (IoT) and build research capacity in Colombia and South Africa.

C4IR.CO is a company created under Colombian law as the operator of the Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution of Colombia, resulting from an alliance between the mayor’s office of Medellín and the national government of Colombia.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), signed on February 16 by CSIR CEO Thulani Dlamini and Columbia C4IR CEO Agostinho Joao Ramalho de Almeida, paves the way for promoting knowledge and sharing expertise in the field. of scientific research and technology, with a strong emphasis on 4IR technologies.

The virtual event was attended by the Minister of Commerce, Commerce and Industry of Colombia, José Manuel Restrepo; the Colombian Ambassador to South Africa; The Chairman of the Board of Directors of CSIR, Thokozani Majozi; and Deputy Director General for Science and Innovation: International Cooperation and Resources, Daan du Toit.

The two organizations have agreed to collaborate in the areas of AI, distributed ledger technologies and IoT. The new coalition will call for the promotion of multi-stakeholder partnerships to facilitate technical training in response to the demand for new skills; the transfer of new technologies; and leverage investments in the infrastructure needed for digital transformation.

WEF Network

Under the terms of the agreement, C4IR.CO will work closely with the South African C4IR, which is also affiliated with the WEF network, as part of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Fourth Industrial Revolution Centers Network. new era technology frameworks and guidelines for leveraging digital growth opportunities on its global network. C4IR SA, hosted at CSIR, provides a platform for stakeholders in South Africa to work together on the evolution of new technologies.

The agreement also supports CSIR’s strategy, which aims to foster innovation and industrial development by working with the public and private sectors to develop technologies that meet the needs of industry, in order to improve the quality of life. South Africans.

Dlamini praised the partnership, saying: “We are delighted with this strategic partnership with a partner such as C4IR.CO. We look forward to sharing our expertise and advancing the responsible deployment of 4IR technologies to improve competitiveness and inclusion. “

Agostinho Joao Ramalho de Almeida, CEO of Columbia C4IR

“Addressing common challenges through the use of data, adoption of technology and technology governance is one of the main goals of the World Economic Forum’s Global Network of Centers for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Aiming for agile international cooperation, this agreement between Colombia and South Africa represents an opportunity to develop joint projects on subjects such as government transparency or the ethical and fair use of artificial intelligence, ”said De Almeida.

The implementation of the collaboration will be facilitated by a joint working group, whose tasks will be to oversee the relations between the organizations, including the identification of programs; develop action plans to implement and monitor programs; and implement programs according to mutually agreed guidelines.

About CSIR
CSIR, an entity of the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, is one of the leading scientific and technological research, development and implementation organizations in Africa. Established by an Act of Parliament in 1945 as a scientific council, CSIR undertakes directed and multidisciplinary research and technological innovations, as well as industrial and scientific developments to improve the quality of life of all South Africans. For more information, visit Or follow the CSIR on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn or Youtube.

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Colombian CSIR and C4IR.CO team up to explore AI and IoT

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